KNOWING NATURE EVENT KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARKBeaufort Beekeepers were represented at the 'Knowing Nature in Autumn' event held at the Killarney House and Gardens on the weekend of 28th/29th of September. Tuddy and Michael provided lots of information to the public including various components of a national beehive, honeycomb, honey and a working glass beehive where the visitors could examine the bees in action and identify the queen when she graced us with her presence. Other events that took place were...  information on saving seeds from plants and trees; a guide on how to identify wild flowers; a demonstration on butter-making; a screening of a documentary about the Kerry cow; and a mini bio-blitz. Other groups involved will include Clean Coasts, Genesis Bird Boxes, and the Irish Wildlife Trust, and the event also offered a number of drop-in family nature activities.

biodiversity week killarney house 1As part of biodiversity week, Tuddy Clifford (Bee Education & Health Officer) and Ulrich Schraewer (Chairman) of the Beaufort Beekeepers Association gave a talk on beekeeping and the importance of the honey bee.
The presentation contained an entertaining slide show, the display of a bee hive and the showing of the observation hive. To begin the audience was challenged to identify the honey bee on various pictures (incl. wasps and solitary bees) of bees. The difference between wasps and bees was clarified.
The audience had a real chance to dive into the amazing world of bees by viewing spectacular pictures of bees & pollen and of course the live bees in the observation hive. Ulrich and Tuddy told astonishing stories on bees, the way the communicate (perform a waggle dance) and fly hundred-thousands of miles to collect nectar for honey.

KNOWING NATURE EVENT KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARKKillarney House & Gardens and Killarney National Park Education Centre (KNPEC) are holding a FREE two day event with informative talks and activities on the 28th and 29th September 2019. Beufort beekeepers will have a stand providing information on the Saturday.

Both days will bring together various groups from around Kerry who will offer a variety of talks and activities. The talks will focus on the rich natural heritage of Kerry, highlighting the extraordinary work being done in the locality and the activities will demonstrate a practical element to conservation. All aiming to foster an appreciation of the natural world around us

In the past few years the Beaufort Beekeepers have put their heart and soul in enlightening the public about the importance of the honey bee. Astellas Pharma Ireland has acknowledged the hard work and made a recognisable donation to the Beaufort Beekeepers Association in May 2018.The money will be used to run beekeeping courses and hold information talks on beekeeping and the honey bee. The Beaufort Beekeepers are grateful for this donation and would like to thank Astellas Pharma Ireland, Killorglin, Co. Kerry.

Picture: Louis Collins Senior Director of Operations for Astellas (Right) presenting the cheque to Tuddy Clifford of BBA (Left)

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